So it's been a while since I have blogged, I will be back to at least once a week I promise!!!
This morning I woke up with this on my mind...I remember a message that I heard about on the mind and heart. It was a great message and it made me realize some things in my own personal life. The message spoke on how the heart is just like another brain. It controls mostly your emotional side of your being. Which is why people are always saying just follow your heart. But what if your heart gets you in trouble?? See because it controls most of your emotions, you might be making a emotional decision and not even realize it(Singing Carl Thomas,"So emotional and I can't let go".....Thats My Jam LOL!!!). Decisions made on emotions will and can get you in to trouble. I can use myself as an example, a while back somethings had happen at a church were I was playing drums. The pastor had said somethings I didn't like and did somethings I didn't agree with as well(Ok I was really upset because the pay got cut and he didn't even say nothing to me and some personal things I shared with him ended up in his message!! You know a brother got bills!!! LOL!! Still no reason for me to do what I did though!!). So after service was over with I decided to give the pastor a piece of my mind.(Side note sometimes it's better to keep that piece to yourself, MESSAGE!!! LOL!!) So the scene got really bad. The armor bearer tried to hit me from behind(but my dad all of 5'3 got to him before he got to me and let him have it....Dude I was like wow ok Daddy!!!) and fight almost broke out in the church parking lot all over a misunderstanding and me wearing my emotions on my sleeve. See if I had just been like Lady Gaga(Poker Face LOL) and played it cool all of that wouldn't have happen. The bible clearly says in Exodus 14:14 "The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." Now I know we sing the song about this scripture backwards,(I can hear papa singing it now, "If I hold my peace and let the Lord fight my battle, Victory, Victory shall be mine!!) but either way it makes total sense. We always want to fight or do things ourselves, but God is saying hey I got you, just chill out I already gave you the Victory!!!! If you look at it this ties in with dying to your self(Check my out blog entitled Dying To One's Self) Now whats funny is this you usually have this convo with yourself before it all happens, " Wow I can't believe that just happen, it's all good I'm just going to let it go......dude if I wasn't saved I would catch that negro on the street and we can get it in.....you know what I'm going to let him(or her) have it when this over with!!" I don't know if you noticed but what happens there is a voice of reason first that says let it go and then the second voice(which by the way is the one we act on most of the time) is saying let's get it on(not in the Marvin Gaye way either)! This is why we sometimes say my first mind said this or that. That is usually God or what I believe to be the Godly mindset that He has put into all of us. We have to learn how to just be in line with Him and that includes emotionally. We can't make decisions based on emotions, because God didn't make you based on emotions. He didn't wake you up this morning based on emotions. He doesn't bless you even though you probably don't deserve it based on emotions. No He does those things because He loves us and cares for us. So I 'll leave you with this, the next time you feel emotionally about something, stop and say to yourself God you are not an emotional God, but a God of peace, love. understanding and a sound mind. I need those qualities in this situation that I am going through. Give me peace so that I may continue to not walk in conflict, give me a loving spirit so that I may show love just like you show me love even when I don't deserve it, give me understanding so that I know how to treat this situation and give me a sound mind so that when a situation(or whatever situation) like this comes again I will know how to operate even better. I pray this blesses you today. Today don't get upset when someone cuts you off or does something crazy, just say a blessing over them and keep it pushing!!! Much Love!!!!
So the time of year has come where most people go above and beyond to please someone or to just make someone happy. That might be ok, but why is it that we can only do this during this season? Why can't you treat people good all year long? I think what we don't realize is that God put us on earth to be nice and help each other all year long not just once a year. When I see how they over due this time of year it make me sad because its like ok if we were like this all year maybe some of things that happen wouldn't happen because you stopped and said hello to a person or you helled the door open for someone or you gave the person the quarter they asked(I'm really is a quarter going to set you back??) or did whatever little thing it was so that a person can be like wow somebody recognizes me.
You have to understand that the devil is busy on so many levels. So that means any little thing can set someone off. But if we follow the fruits of the spirit: love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we try to follow those I believe that it could turn out for every ones good. For the next couple of days I am going to write about each on of those.
Today practice one of the fruits. I know that it takes a lot to get all of them down but take baby steps.....
Ok yeah I know I have been getting calls and emails about me not blogging as much as I was.....for this I am sorry but I will try to keep up.
Today I want to just holla at ya'll for a minute about staying focused. My pastor Dr. Sherman Gordon(www.nuphilly.com or www.shermangordonministries.org) has been ripping for the last like couple of months and lately he's been like literally in my house drinking coffee with his messages. He preached one called "Staying Focused", yeah he had cream with his coffee on this day. Lately I can really say that I was beginning to loose focus on some things that I had set out to do and things that I know that God wants me to do. How do we loose focus? What causes us to really get sidetracked on things that we need to do? Well of course my grandfather would say, "Thats the devil". True a lot of the time it is the devil, but a lot of the time it's just us. We get in the way of ourselves. I 'll use myself as the Ginny pig for this. So you know I been doing real good working out, trying to eat right and be healthy. So why is that I can just drop all that to go to Winchell's at 3am to get that hot apple fritter(my Lord that thang was good) and some milk? Well if I had just took my behind to bed I would have been good, but no I stayed working on somethings and got distracted by a text someone sent me talking about some donuts!!! Just that quick my mind went from me working to Donuts!!!! Had I just stayed focused and do what I usually do(which is turn my phone down so I can't hear it) I would have been good. But even past the phone thing, I should be able to have control and stay focused. That story might be kinda light but look at it, self control and staying focused go hand and hand.(Like Peaches and Herb or Hot Sauce and Chicken or Ashford and Simpson!!!!LOL!!). Ok so how can we stay focused? Well for starters praying works, but even past praying is reading the bible. Whats funny is this I read a Proverb everyday, on the day's where I forget to read it that morning, something happens where I make a misjudgement call or "Loose Focus". Now I cant speak for everyone but I think making a effort to read everyday gives you the wisdom and direction to stay focused. Further more just making an effort period to saying "Look man I ain't falling no banana in my tailpipe".(Too much Beverly Hills Cop!!) But you get idea, to stay focus you can get a lot more accomplished and feel better about what your doing. God will truly bless us if we stay focus on Him. So as I come to a close(I love it when preacher's say that, cause it means like 15 more minutes!!). Try to put forth an effort to read your bible and pray every morning, I truly believe that it will make a difference in the way your day goes. Ok were standing let there be one!!!!!!
Ok Ok Ok Ok so I have been getting the 15th degree about me not blogging. I truly apologize but I have been very productive to say the least. School is going good, music is great, church is great, family is good and God is AWESOME!! Ok so I will try to put forth more effort in doing this again. Plus I do I have a lot that has been stored up so get ready!!!!!!!
Ok so for tonight I want to talk Dying To Yourself!!!! I know, I know that's crazy talk!!! But it's the truth. So tonight my boy PS3(Phil) and I were leaving church(nuphilly.org) and we began to talk about somethings. Then he said something that got the wheels turning(the wheels on the bus go round and round) he said, "Sometimes people do what feels good for the moment, but what makes you feel good for the moment, may not be good for your future." It didn't really hit me until I had gotten to the corner what he had just said. Man we has people do a lot of things that make us feel good for the moment, but it is really good for our future? I can use myself as an example, ok so Monday I read a book about fasting(Thanks Dr. Gordon) and decided to go on a fast starting on Tuesday. So that Monday night I went to my moms because she had food left over from Mother's Day(Oh yeah Happy Be-Lated Mothers Day if I hadn't told you already). So I go and get the Mac and Cheese(she makes it with wheat noodles now, so it's more healthy!!), cornbread dressing, a slice of sweat potato pie and a slice of carrot cake. Now I was like oh yeah this will be a good last meal before my fast. So I DESTROYED all of it!!!! See it was good for the moment!!! But the future was totally different, I felt so sick the next morning I couldn't eat anything that whole day. Now had I just got a little bit and ate that I would have been cool, but no I got all that food and was feeling like John Witherspoon in Friday(The Bubble Guts Lol!!!) Look the bible even tells us this, Romans 8:13, " for if you live according to the flesh, you must die: but if by the spirit you are putting death to the deeds of your body, you will live." So basically when you hear that voice saying go ahead eat that last piece of cake or go ahead have sex with that girl(or guy) or go ahead lie to that person or go ahead and hurt that person or go ahead have that Big Mike Burger with Hot Links, Bacon, Cheese and Egg(and two patties, man how did I use to eat this stuff). Man that's your flesh and you have to learn how to not listen to your flesh. Your flesh will have you in a world of trouble and you will be tripping out. Then nothing will go right for you because you are not lined up with God(read blog One Accord). Look its better to do right and be cool than to do wrong and have to suffer for it. If you are doing wrong stop it now before gets to late. God is a God of decent and order not chaos and confusion!! I hope that this helps someone, like it help me(man I be talking to myself to, I'm no where near perfect I'm trying to be right too). After reading this make sure you do right, whether it's not getting upset when someone cuts you off or when someone is being nasty towards you just smile or treating people the way that Jesus did. Have a great day!!!!
Ok so today I won't be before you long(I love it Pastors, Preachers, or anyone who speaks says this because they usually are before you super long!!). Ok so on yesterday I had a great Resurrection day!! Pastor brought a great word or should I say words because he preached two different messages at 6am and 9am(check out nuphilly.org get copies of both messages). I gotta say that I'm thankful for God looking out for me and me taking heed to His direction. Man have you ever just stopped and realized that on a Daily basis God allows things NOT to happen to you for being obedient(Even sometimes while you disobedient, but we'll talk about that later!!).....Man you would be thanking, praising and worshiping Him. What's even more crazy is that if you were to REALLY read the bible(not just scan it while your at church). He tells us this in the bible about heeding His instruction and being obedient. Samuel 15:22 says, "But Samuel answered, "What pleases the Lord more: burnt offerings and sacrifices or obedience to his voice. It is better to obey better than sacrifice. It is better to listen to God than to offer the fat of sheep." At the end of the day you want to be found pleasing in His eyesight. So you need to obey His word and obey Him. Ok so as stated in some of my other blogs I read Proverbs everyday this morning was Proverbs 13. The first verse states,"A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker doesn't listen to the rebuke." Ok that's it in itself. HEED your Father's instruction. Need I say more on this on. Ok I gotta backtrack because the I read Proverbs 12 and 13 this morning. In Proverbs 12:1 " Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid." Ok that's not a misprint nor did I put these words in the Bible. Yes it says STUPID!!!!! I was shocked as well. But it's the truth I mean it is so true. Sometimes it hurts because you don't understand why He is disciplining you, but when you finally get it WOW!!! Then you look and say I am SO THANKFUL that he did stop me in my tracks!!! When God is trying to work some stuff, allow Him to do it. You will be so much better off if you do. It's hard but continue to stay focused on Him and He will get you through it!! Have a great night!!!
Ok so it has been way too long since I have blogged. I can say that I have been VERY PRODUCTIVE!!!! I started school on Monday and I must say that even though it's music school, still gotta study to show thyself approved!! Man I love what I am learning and can't wait to apply it!!
So today I want to talk about "Be Ye Ready". So I live Compton and I catch the train to school everyday. In a previous blog I spoke about the different people I encounter on a daily basis. Well this morning wasn't any different I hop on the train and break out my Ipod and Bible(I read a Proverb a day, man I find something new every time!!). So as finish up reading and say my prayer,I noticed a lady and her two daughters got on the train. There was nothing unusual about her. Has I got into the worship portion of my Ipod, I began to see something different about her. She looked like she was in pain. So I began to pray to ask God was He allowing me to see the pain so that I can pray for her. As we got closer to the last stop God spoke and told me to let her know that everything was going to be alright!! So we got off and went down to the Red Line, I waited for the right time and I approached her. I told her exactly what God told me to tell her and she broke down in tears and said I hope so. I explain to her that God has already taken care of whatever it is. I asked her If I could pray with her she said yes. So we prayed and she continued to weep and Thank God. She was so thankful we both almost missed our train. I truly felt that God was doing His thing in her life and that whatever she was dealing with was truly over. I have ask myself had this been about 2 years ago would I have been obedient to God and prayed? See I know now that one of the reasons why I pray and read the Word is so that I can be ready for what God might have for me to do. See we have to be ready daily to minister or pray for someone or something and not be ashamed of Him, He is not ashamed of you. Matthew 24:44 says,"So you must also be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him".(Ok For those of you whose Grandparents or Parents said it in the King James Version, "Therefore Be Ye Also Ready:for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.") I believe that scripture says it all. Stay Ready!!!! Not only for when He comes back, but in everyday that He allows us to walk this earth. (Also a side note, don't forget to Praise and Worship Him, you will be surprised at the results!!!) Today check and make sure you ready!!!! Have a great day!!!!!!
I didn't get a chance to blog on yesterday so I will combine what I wanted to talk about yesterday with today. This morning I woke up and I said Lord You Holy and I thank You. Even though I probably didn't deserve it, but He did it. Ok let's go on to my topic "Now Is The Time To Move Forward".
Yesterday was my last day working at the High School where I have worked for about 3 three years(I'm going to the night shift, "The Night Shift" good song!!). It was hard saying goodbye to my co workers, my students, and some friends that I gained al0ng the way. I must admit even a big guy like myself can get kinda choked up and overwhelmed. I was yesterday as they were telling how much there going to miss me and how much fun we had(Hey guys I going to miss you too and we had a whole lotta fun 7,3,18,62,31,46,48 yall my dawgs forreal and forever No B____A__Ness!!). So as I gave my supervisor my keys, reality hit me that this is really happening. I was like wow God is doing His thing. Even though I saw God doing His thing with this whole situation I was still was in disbelief of it. So I go to my locker to start the clean out process(man I accumulated a lot of junk in there"No More Clutter, In My Life!!") and my co worker who was waiting so she can get my locker said, "Hey Bert whats that small paper taped to your locker?" I was like huh? So I stick my head in and looked. I was almost brought to tears but by what it said. "Now Is The Time To Move Forward" I couldn't believe this. It was one of those fortune cookie papers. Now I don't believe in those what so ever, but this one just got me. See I believe as believers that God is trying to make us go forward and trust him TOTALLY so that He can do what he needs to do in our lives. But what happens, the I's get in the way(read my blog the I's have it) we got out and try to do everything ourselves and then end up messing it up worse than it was. We have to let God do His thing and everything will line up the way it's supposed to. It's hard sometimes letting go of things, people and places. But if we just stay focused on Him, He will work everything out(Jesus will work it out Jesus will work it out, my aunt lead that song wow!!!). Has I step into a new chapter in my life, I am excited about what God is doing and I know that I need to stay focused on Him so that I don't miss the bus("I Miss The Bus, Oww, I Miss The Bus, Oww, I Miss The Bus and something that I'll never ever do again!!!" From The Album "Totally Krossed Out" By Kris Kross. I know I wasn't the only who like this group or was I??). I know it's hard and I will be the first to admit it does get hard, but you gotta stay focused on Him and Read His Word and put it in your heart!!!!Well that's it for today, oh wait hey if your not doing anything tonight my jazz trio(www.myspace.com/thechuckboogietrio) is playing at The Contential Room 115 Santa Fe Ave Fullerton,Ca. Downbeat is at 10.30pm It should be fun!! Tomorrow you need to come and be spiritually fed by my Pastor, Dr. Sherman A. Gordon 19100 Susana Rd, Rancho Dominguez(Compton), Ca(www.nuphilly.org)7.30 am and 10am(I'll See Ya There!!! Pastor Dequer!!). Hey today pray and move yourself out the way("Move get out the way, get out the way, get out the way" ok I'm back!!) so God can truly begin to work somethings out in your life and you can move forward!!!! Holla!!!
Wzup Fam!!! It's Big Bert here. I was born and raised in the City Of Compton!! I'm a musician who loves life and the Creator of life. If it wasn't for Him I wouldn't be doing what I do. I'm just the average dude who is trying to do things in life. I work at High School that will remain nameless and I do music on the side. I'm going to be finishing up my degree so I can do this music thing full time. Anyway hope you enjoy the blog!!!